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How to Use Animal Prints as Neutral Elements in Your Wardrobe

A time existed when animal prints, such as leopard or tiger, were used predominantly for lingerie and carried a sexy stigma that wasn’t appropriate for the workplace. Times have changed, and animal prints are actually becoming staples in many women’s wardrobes because they function well as neutral elements to be mixed with other prints and colors.

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The key to wearing animal prints is to use a few basic, key pieces to enhance the outfit. If you wear too much animal print, your outfit will come across as garish or costume-y. Some animal print options you might invest in are belts, shoes, bags, vests, a button-up top, or a silk scarf. For the bold fashionista, an entire dress in leopard print might be ideal. Just be sure to balance it with chic accessories and shoes to keep the look polished. Shoes are one of the greatest animal print items you can buy, and they’ll get some great compliments.

Try wearing a pair of white or tan wide-legged dress pants with a royal blue top. Accentuate the waist of the top with a thin, black belt, and leopard-print flats. Don’t use an animal-print belt with the animal-print shoes. Combining elements may make the outfit too busy. This outfit is perfect for work or going out after work.

For more casual outfits, invest in an animal-print bag. A cute summer dress in a bright color will have just the right amount of appeal with leather sandals and an animal-print tote to carry all your necessities. Grab a pair of oversized sunglasses to evoke a Jackie-O aura, mixed in with your own style.

Many colors look fabulous with leopard print, depending on the time of year. If it’s summertime, consider pairing it with neons like yellow or red to add an exciting, surprising twist to your outfit. In the spring, you can pair it with lighter colors, such as neutrals or even a soft pink. In the colder fall and winter months, choose darker colors like royal blue, red, or even forest green.

Don’t be afraid of animal prints, but use them sparingly to get the most fabulousness out of your fashion. Enjoy perusing the aisles of your favorite stores to see what animal prints they’ve come up with and how you can weave them into your own personal style!

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